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A Reading List for Showtime’s The Chi

By Michael Ruzicka The Chi, a new drama series created by Lena Waithe and produced by Common, is a coming-of-age drama set on Chicago’s South Side. Most striking about the show is the range of characters it contains: while they span age groups and economic strata, all are interconnected in ways that are both touching…

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Carnegie Medal Shortlist Read-alikes, 2018: The Doomsday Machine by Daniel Ellsberg

By Annie Bostrom and Donna Seaman The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner by Daniel Ellsberg (Bloomsbury), is one of the most alarming books to appear in this altogether alarming time. Ellsberg’s revelations, both personal and professional, uncloak a litany of disregarded protocol, erroneous assumptions, and near misses pertaining to the start of…

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Holiday Mysteries for Your Book Club to Read by the Fire

By Shari Randall Looking for a holiday themed book club pick? The Sisters in Crime have you covered, from humorous to historical, from coziest cozy to stone cold thriller. Our nine suggestions include a few novellas, because time for reading can be in short supply at this time of the year.  These stories are set during…

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Booklist’s Top 10 First Novels for Youth: 2017

By Ilene Cooper This crop of best first novels showcases diversity in characters, genre, and time periods are perfect for young adult book clubs. Click for More Information. Almost Paradise by Corabel Shofner Life takes a tumble for sassy, sage Ruby when her mother winds up in jail. Forced to live with her aunt, an…

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